Costa Rica is considered a pioneer in the fight against green energy and the current global climate crisis. Deforestation has been banned since 1996. Currently, 100% of electricity in Costa Rica comes from renewable energy sources, and Costa Rica has recently embarked on a major carbonification project.
It is clear that Costa Rica is taking this overall climate change issue seriously and is making a concerted effort. With that in mind, what is Costa Rica’s position on electric vehicles?
History of electric cars
Electric cars are older than you think, the design was first invented between 1828 and 1839. The first practical electric cars were built before 1881. Driving is easier than their gas-travel options. Eventually, with the invention of the internal combustion engine, cheaper gasoline cars became more viable and popular alternatives.
The modern electric car was first built in 1959, but it has been in the dark for a long time. A.D. Some commercial electric cars were built in the 1990’s, but they were not sold. Finally, Tesla Motors developed the Tesla Roadster and launched it in 2008.
As a result, a growing number of companies have built and released their own electric vehicles. A.D. In 2010 and 2020, governments around the world began actively supporting electric cars with fossil fuels. Electric cars are moving from the unknown to the main room.
How do electric cars work?
Electric cars, as the name implies, use electricity more than conventional fossils. Modern electric cars are powered by a lithium-ion battery, and they are constantly being upgraded to last longer. Currently, the maximum distance of a single charge is 800 km.
This battery must be charged at specially designed charging stations. Owners of electric cars use an outdoor charging station. But you can charge your car at public charging stations on the go. These stations charge faster but take longer than ordinary gas stations.
Why are electric cars important to Costa Rica?
Let’s look at the statistics for a moment. Road vehicles are responsible for 75% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions from transport. A conventional combustion engine emits carbon dioxide and soot as well as some harmful gases.
These gases are not good for nearby people, animals or the environment. Smoke and other particles can irritate the lungs and even cause cardiovascular problems. The concentration of carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere greatly increases climate change.
Long and short fossil fuel-filled vehicles are a nightmare for the environment. Also, cars are not lost. Every year more cars are loaded on the road. The logical solution is to make those cars less harmful to the environment, which is where electric cars come into equilibrium.
Instead of burning fuel, the engine runs on batteries, so there are no discharges. This does not mean that electric cars always reach zero life cycle emissions because the electricity used to charge them does not always come from carbon-free sources. However, almost all of the electricity generated in Costa Rica comes from renewable energy sources. This means that electric cars in Costa Rica contribute much to greenhouse gas emissions.
Electric cars can be useful not only for the environment but also for your bank account. The electricity used to run these vehicles is much cheaper than gas or diesel, which means they save a lot of money when refueling. Not only that, but many countries do not pay for electric cars, but fossil fuel.
Electric cars are usually easier to drive, and cheaper to repair. They have a simple design that is not often damaged and does not require oil changes or other routine inspections.
Can I use electric cars in Costa Rica?
You can never use electric cars in Costa Rica. Remember, Costa Rica is always a priority for green energy, and electric cars are a big step in the right direction. A.D. Costa Rica has been proud to announce a nationwide electric charging grid since 2020, making it the first country in the region.
You can travel anywhere in Costa Rica in an electric vehicle, without fear of juice. There are more than 140 places to charge your electric car in Costa Rica, and that number can only be increased. Most of these charging stations can be found in more urban areas of Costa Rica, but in no way limited to these areas.
The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity and Correos de Costa Rica use electric vehicles to drive. The Costa Rican government is offering more people electric cars, tax breaks, import duties to zero and free parking benefits for owners and suppliers. In March 2021, some 3,500 electric vehicles were sold in Costa Rica.
So, you can’t drive your electric car in Costa Rica, you are encouraged.
The future of electric cars in Costa Rica
As I mentioned earlier, Costa Rica is currently participating in a national decarbonation plan, which aims to make Costa Rica one of the first carbon dioxide-producing countries in the world. This plan will run until 2050, but changes have been implemented as the plan is implemented in 2019.
Electric vehicles are a big part of this plan, so it makes sense that Costa Rica will be more suitable for electric cars in the near future. In addition to encouraging the use of electric vehicles, Costa Rica is also exploring public transportation options.
An exciting project is the Limon Electric freight project, which aims to modernize railways and create an electric rail system. This is one of the hallmarks of the Costa Rican railway.
In Costa Rica, the future looks bright.